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Korah, Abe; Cassidy, Erin; Elmore, Eric; Jerabek, Ann – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
What is the future direction of reference books? What types of policies are libraries implementing regarding the purchase of electronic reference books? Are libraries still buying hard copy reference items when an electronic equivalent is available? This paper discusses a national survey of libraries regarding the purchase and use of electronic…
Descriptors: Libraries, Reference Materials, Library Services, Users (Information)
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Kusik, James P.; Vargas, Mark A. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
To establish a more direct link between its collections and the educational goals of Saint Xavier University, the Byrne Memorial Library has adopted a "holistic" approach to collection development. This article examines how traditional budget practices influenced the library's selection of resources and describes how holistic collection…
Descriptors: Library Services, Holistic Approach, Budgeting, Academic Libraries
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Ford, Lyle; O'Hara, Lisa Hanson; Whiklo, Jared – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
The reference collection traditionally rewards serendipity by presenting key resources in a compact group. At the University of Manitoba Libraries, reference collection space is at a premium and, increasingly, electronic versions of reference materials are selected for purchase. However, our space saving comes at a cost: Our patrons can't browse…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Reference Materials, Foreign Countries, Reference Services
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Emery, Jill – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Social networking tools have been getting quite a bit of press in libraryland for the past couple of years. It is considered to be one of the key aspects of a library joining what is referred to as the Library 2.0 movement. In this context, social networking is seen as a library service or library outreach mechanism that utilizes popular social…
Descriptors: Information Science, Social Networks, Library Services, Librarians
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Lowe, M. Sara – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
The non-standard practice at Cowles Library at Drake University has been to display electronic journals and some print journals in the Knowledge Base while simultaneously listing print journals and some electronic journals in the online public access catalog (OPAC). The result was a system that made it difficult for patrons to determine our…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Journals, Online Catalogs, Access to Information
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Grogg, Jill E. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
Librarians engage in some sort of negotiation all the time. Unfortunately, library schools do not uniformly teach negotiation theory or skills. New librarians are left to their own devices to self-educate, and self-educate they must. Most of the library-specific negotiation literature and continuing education opportunities focus almost entirely on…
Descriptors: Copyrights, Librarians, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills
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Geckle, Beverly J.; Pozzebon, Mary Ellen; Williams, Jo – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
This article recounts a project at the Middle Tennessee State University library to include records for electronic databases in the online catalog. Although electronic databases are accessible via the library's Databases A-Z list and related subject guides, cataloging these resources also provides access via the online catalog, allowing more of…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Online Catalogs, Databases, Cataloging